Arizona's Nik McClaughry steals home against Stanford to tie the game. Friday night’s college baseball game between Arizona and Stanford, featured one of the most exciting plays baseball — a steal of home. 

Friday night’s college baseball game between Pac-12 rivals, Arizona and Stanford, featured one of the most exciting plays in all of baseball — a steal of home.

Furthermore, it was a steal of home in a huge spot.

Arizona trailed 8-7 with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Fortunately for the Wildcats, shortstop Nik McClaughry was on third base with No. 3 hitter, Chase Davis, at the plate.

Davis worked a 2-2 count against Stanford’s pitcher, Drew Dowd. McClaughry took advantage of both Dowd and Davis being left-handed. With Dowd’s back turned to him, McClaughry got a huge lead off of third base. And with Davis in the left-handed batter’s box, McClaughry had a clear path to home. He took it, stealing home to tie the game.

College baseball fans reacted strongly to the exciting play.

As thrilling as the play was, it only tied the game. Arizona couldn’t score again in the eighth inning or in the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cardinal scratched a run across the plate when Malcolm Moore drove Tommy Troy with a sacrifice play.

With the win, Stanford obviously came away with the best result of the night. But Arizona definitely gets the consolation prize for the game’s most thrilling play.

[Arizona Baseball, Photo Credit: Pac-12 Network]

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